October 29, 2007–There are three Las Vegas golf courses designed by Pete Dye at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, the only three signature Dye courses located in the Las Vegas Golf Region. And the three Las Vegas golf courses are continually home to many Las Vegas golf events, most recently the ESPN Golf Challenge. The tournament brought pro and amateur teams from all over the country to compete against each other.
The ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway Golf is an amateur two-person better ball tournament designed to find "America's Best 2 Some" in both Gross and Net divisions. Two-person teams from all over the US started at local qualifying host sites and attempted to play their way to the National Finals. In 2006, the ESPN National Golf Challenge Club Pro Tournament was developed. Club pro's from all over the country are invited to attend based on the results of their local qualifying events with the ESPN National Golf Challenge. The Club Pro Tournament was held in conjunction with the National Finals.
The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is the home of the Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and The Wolf Las Vegas golf courses, each etched by the legendary Dye. No matter what time of year, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is the home to special Las Vegas golf deals or special Las Vegas golf events and tournaments.
"The reason my (local qualifying) event is so successful is because my staff and I get behind it and put it out to our membership," said Jay Mull, Head Golf Professional, The Point Lake & Golf Club, Mooresville, North Carolina. "I think the reason our members embrace this event is not only for the competition, but the value can't be beat! Your tee gift is worth the price of the entry. I tell members on the first tee, you can't afford not to do it! And finally, the reason the golf professionals get behind it and push it, is because of the awesome events out in Vegas! The dinners, the hotel, and not to mention the Paiute courses are all great reasons to attend. And, you're in Vegas!"
Tyler Sweet, out of Sunland Golf & CC, won the professional division in a playoff over James Ousley of Tippecanoe CC. David Carr of Teal Bend CC was third. Gary Deblaguiere and Jon Peterson, who qualified at Granite Bay Golf Club, won the amateur gross division over fellow Granite Bay players Spencer Page and Toby Scott. Jerry Faulk and Jerry Czarnecki, Jeff Orzel and Kevin Moreno, and Peter Hartmann and Kevin Friel, tied in the net division, before Faulk and Czarnecki, from Bear's Best Atlanta, won in a playoff. John Mallonee and John Cartee out of Sandridge CC, ran away with the Senior Division.